Views past slate grey rooftops to the sea, gable ends almost blue in winter light, wisps of smoke on the hills above Achnamara, the dark red of birches in spring, the light on Jura, jewel-like greens in Taynish woods, and the sight of beautiful striped mackerel keep me reaching for my brushes.
Originally from the east coast Caroline is inspired by the dramatic colours of the rugged landscape and seascape of the west. Her impressionistic style conveys to the viewer the calmness of an island bay, the drama of a crashing wave on a deserted west coast beach or the splendour of a west coast sunset. Caroline also enjoys painting still life (particularly bold flowers) and life drawing.
John paints the surrounding Argyll mainland and island landscape, but is equally at home painting in France and Holland.
His style is partly Expressionist, where he uses some distortion to express the feeling of wind on buildings, but also with a touch of Scottish Colourist in his use of light and colour.
He nearly always uses the images of crofts in his landscapes, although not exclusively, and has a "Romantic" view of them, drawing on his island roots.
Libby has worked as a full time artist since 1996. As a portrait painter, most recent commissions include a large work in oils of the McPherson family of Tarbert, the Meikle children of Lochgilphead, the Cameron twins, and Laura and Christopher Murdanaigum of Tayvallich and a textural drawing of the Asknes boys, Keills, Tayvallich. Libby will travel to undertake commissions in your own home,
Other works in oils include studies of subjects from the natural world such as brambles, gorse, wild fungi or cherries and other fruits.
The natural world excites and absorbs me. Trying to capture that feeling with watercolour is a joyful challenge. I love it when people respond to my work with a smile of recognition.
Although I have exhibited widely, many visit my studio to see what I’m working on; buy originals; commission work or choose from a wide range of prints. Just knock on the door or ring .....